Slideshow: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters: Winter Break Edition

Tracie: Fireworks in Brooklyn
Tracie: Fireworks in Brooklyn

"I had a mellow staycation in Brooklyn! The best part was heading to Prospect Park on New Year's Eve and watching the fireworks at Grand Army Plaza." —Tracie Lee, Web Designer

Max: Tiki Bar in Staten Island
Max: Tiki Bar in Staten Island

"While everyone else was off galavanting in Europe, Asia, or fun parts of the U.S., I stayed home for an enriching week of self-improvement unconscionable TV 'thoning. But I did go outside! Sometimes! To fun spots like Bamonte's in Williamsburg for my parm fix, Randazzo's in Sheepshead Bay for some seafood with Sauce, and perhaps most importantly, to Staten Island for some Sri Lankan food and one of the city's few remaining tiki bars / Chinese restaurants, Jade Island. At the small bar room you'll find a number of rum-powered cocktails, but my favorite of the lot was this Pineapple Paradise served in a real-deal pineapple with rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and 'rare spices,' which I'm taking as 'lots of party favors that we stuck into this pineapple.'" —Max Falkowitz, Editor of Serious Eats: New York

Maggie: Drinks and Bites at Expatriate, Portland
Maggie: Drinks and Bites at Expatriate, Portland

"After seeing Jamie's post on all the Asian-accented bar snacks at Expatriate, I knew I needed to make my way over there this trip. Icing on the cake: my friend Adam Robinson (also a bartender at Portland's Rum Club) was behind the bar! Great drinks, really fantastic food—I especially recommend the tea leaf salad and the samosa salad." —Maggie Hoffman, Editor of Serious Eats: Drinks

Jamie: Baby Goats and Mama Goat
Jamie: Baby Goats and Mama Goat
Jamie: More Goats
Jamie: More Goats
Jamie: The Beaches of Cyprus!
Jamie: The Beaches of Cyprus!

"We went to the beach but it wasn't exactly swimming weather."

Jamie: Cypriot Street Meat
Jamie: Cypriot Street Meat

"I'll be doing a full roundup of the best things I ate in Cyprus (there's a lot), but here's a preview: STREET SOUVLAKI."

Jamie: Russian Airport Food
Jamie: Russian Airport Food

"A morning snack at the Moscow airport during our layover: borscht and a fish-beet-horseradish casserole called 'herring in a fur coat.' Didn't actually taste amazing, but the name alone makes it worth it."

KITTY BREAK!
KITTY BREAK!

We asked Chicago contributor Dennis Lee for a photo of his cat, Cricket, and he delivered! Here she is inspecting cupcakes from Crumbs.

Paul: Market Hopping in Thailand
Paul: Market Hopping in Thailand

"My favorite part of Thailand has been wandering around the open markets. Tons of things I can't identify, but this one is easy...it's a giant wok of pork frying."

Paul: Street Fried Chicken
Paul: Street Fried Chicken

"There's also plenty of street food. Often times the stand is welded to the frame of a motor bike. This one is selling fried chicken. We grabbed some for about a buck before catching the ferry from Koh Samui back to the main land."

Paul: Sitting Comfortably Uncomfortably
Paul: Sitting Comfortably Uncomfortably

"My sad attempt at sitting cross legged. Despite my love of the food and culture, I'm never going to fit in...or sit comfortably."

Robyn: Hello, Charlie!
Robyn: Hello, Charlie!

"You will not go dog-less this week, dear Serious Eats readers. Say hello to Charlie! I met him for the first time on Christmas."

Robyn: Whoa, Charlie!
Robyn: Whoa, Charlie!

"Charlie is excited to see you."

Robyn: Charlie's Christmas Dinner
Robyn: Charlie's Christmas Dinner

"Charlie got bits and bobs from the human dinner."

Robyn: English Breakfast, Gimme
Robyn: English Breakfast, Gimme

"My plate was a pile of bacon, egg (with a thick, runny yolk), hash browns, fried tomatoes, black pudding, sausages, and bubble and squeak. With toast and a mug of builder's tea on the side, of course. I could've added more (mushrooms, beans, liver), but...I think I got enough. All this for £8.20."

Robyn: FISHCOTHEQUE
Robyn: FISHCOTHEQUE

"Best name ever. But, sadly, not the best fish and chips ever."